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By now most of you have had a chance to get used to the changes at BlueNC. Our look may be streamlined and clean, but the new blocks for special features provide us with a huge challenge. We have to keep fresh information in the blocks every day or two while maintaining fresh posts on the front page every few hours. Thank you for bearing with us as we try to adapt to these new demands on our time and the new requirements for our site plan.

Lynching is not funny

Let's see, he says that maybe not so many people will turn out to review a government action next time if there's a lynching and only some people want him to resign? And there's a council member that didn't think he meant any harm by making a lynching joke. Then there's the 'Oh gosh this might upset the antique trade' comment.
Clueless, racist or both?
Via WRAL:

Some residents are calling for the mayor of Selma to resign after he made a comment about a lynching at a town meeting – a comment the mayor says was only an unthinking joke.

50 State Blog Roundup - 1/11/08

Once again the writers at the state community blogs are busy staying on top of local and state news and bringing local flavor to national news. It takes longer each week to pull this together because I find myself caught up in reading the excellent coverage provided by these state blogs.

Find an interesting post and jump in the conversation. If you don't see your state represented here, check out the state blogroll at OpenLeft.com or MyDD.

Open shred: Da Governors De-Bait

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Did anyone watch da debates last night? I had a small family emergency that kept me away, but there's rumor of a re-run tonight. In the meantime, Laura Leslie at WUNC-FM has the best summary I've found. Bottom line: Republicans still full of government-hating nonsense, offering nothing more than cut taxes and build roads. Moore and Perdue still slinging mud.

The only people who look good in this are Pat McCrory and Mike Munger, and that's because they weren't there.

How? Where? Who? How Many? Why? -- Essential Tools for Advocates for Children

How? Where? Who? How Many? Why?

Those are questions that advocates for any cause must be prepared to answer. Now in these Golden Google Days and Wonderful Wikipedia Nights, it's easy to find almost any statistic that you'd like to find. Sure it's easy, it's sexy (h/t to bullydoc), but is it credible? Are you sure? Really?

The best way to know that the information you're using is credible is to go to a reliable source. My mission today is to let you in on one of North Carolina's best kept secrets.

Lt. Gov. Debates: Accepting Questions for Asheville & Fayetteville Debates

The NCFCD is now accepting questions for the Lt. Governor's Debates in Asheville and Fayetteville. Questions are welcome from all interested persons, including non-college students. Questions should not be addressed to a particular candidate; however you may mention a candidate's position on an issue. The deadline for submitting questions for the January 19th debate in Asheville, North Carolina is 12:00pm January 16th. The deadline for the January 24th debate in Fayetteville is 12:00pm January 21st. The executive board of the North Carolina Federation of College Democrats will screen questions for content and then refer them to the moderator for approval.

Blackwater Lobbying Uptick

Since the Congressional hearing in the Fall, Blackwater has been busy re-tooling its political machinery. Blackwater had previously retained the services of C&M Capitolink since June 2006. On Dec 4, 2007 a Lobbying Registration form was filed for Richard Cockrum of Capitol Assets, LLC, Indianapolis, IN. Cockrum is a former Chair of the Indiana Natural Resources Commission and a state lobbyist. On Dec 5, 2007 a Lobbying Registration form was filed for Gregory Hahn of Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP, Indianapolis, IN. On January 8, 2008, just two days ago, a Federal Lobbying Registration form was filed for lobbyists at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Winston-Salem, NC.

Moved for the day to the top of the frontpage by Anglico. Make sure you read the comments, please.

Impeachment debate

Spent a little time on the phone with Michael Tomasky and Bruce Fein who are coming to Carrboro to debate the impeachment of the president and vice president. Nice chat with each. Tomasky, who was covering the NH primary, was very straight up about the political reality. Fein doesn't want to see the administration get away with it and made a heck of an analysis of the global and local consequences.
Should be a swell time. Here's the story from The Citizen with the time and location (after the jump, of course):

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